Their school was destroyed, but they still made the state tournament In this Tuesday, March 14, 2017 photo, Herbert Hoover High School boys basketball coach Josh Daniel speaks with his players during high school basketball practice in Charleston, W.Va.. Nine months after floods destroyed their high school in Clendenin, the boys team has advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history. (AP Photo/John Raby)
Their school was destroyed, but they still made the state tournament
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After flooding destroyed their high school in West Virginia last summer, the Herbert Hoover boys' basketball team spent the season practicing and competing in unfamiliar places.
 
They'll also end it in a place they've never been before: the state tournament.
 
Herbert Hoover struggled through the regular season with a losing record. Then the team put together four straight wins in the postseason, including a double-overtime thriller in the regional final, to advance to the 104-year-old tournament for the first time in school history.
 
Now the Huskies are ready for what they hope will be one final incredible road show.
 
With the destruction from the floods still weighing heavily on the community, the Huskies (13-13) opened tournament play March 16 at the Charleston Civic Center. They were to play defending champion Fairmont Senior.
 
"Nobody expected this out of us," senior center Chase King said.
 
Playing basketball was an afterthought last June in the community of 1,200. It is about 20 miles northeast of Charleston. The Elk River rose 10 feet high in some buildings. It destroyed bridges and ripped homes from their foundations. Six people in Kanawha (KUH-naw) County died. Statewide, 23 were killed.
 
Herbert Hoover coach Josh Daniel said every student was directly affected or had a relative whose home flooded. Members of the basketball team joined other volunteers to help in the community.
 
King, who said the floods got into the second floor of an uncle's house, spent a week removing furniture from a woman's home. He pressure-washed and sanitized other places. Senior guard Kody McGraw went with a church group to clean up storm victims' homes and remove debris from the school's mud-caked baseball field.
 
Principal Mike Kelley was among the few who walked the hallways of the school after the flood. That was before the school building was condemned.
 
Daniel and the basketball team never got to see the damage to the school. They weren't allowed back in. They only saw the buckled floor of the gymnasium from photographs.
 
"Just seeing those pictures, so many memories washed down the drain," King said.
 
Those memories are being replaced by greater ones.
 
When school started last fall, Herbert Hoover students assembled in a temporary home. They attended afternoon classes at a middle school nine miles away. Donations poured in for uniforms and equipment for the school's sports teams. And parents carpooled the basketball team to morning practices at a YMCA in Charleston. Their home games were held at the middle school gym.
 
"Our kids don't complain about it," Daniel said.
 
Daniel said he hasn't mentioned the flood to his players since the season started. King said the devastation "was just more motivation to go out and show everybody we may not be the best team that you're going to play, but we're definitely going to be the toughest."
 
Getting to the tournament "just seems surreal, really," McGraw said. "A lot of people want to see us do good."
 
That includes Diane Chandler. She is the owner of an income tax and bookkeeping service in Clendenin, where the floodwaters rose more than 5 feet up the walls. It took four months for her to clean up and reopen her business.
 
"I think it's wonderful that they've rallied back like that," Chandler said. "It makes us say that if they can do it, anybody can do it."

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Why was the building condemned rather than repaired?
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COMMENTS (164)
  • kadenm-bur
    3/21/2017 - 10:41 a.m.

    They condemned it because if they were to repair it they would take it all down and start from scrach and it would take a long while.If they condemned it they could just build up from where they started and it would take less time and less money.

  • jadenc6370-
    3/21/2017 - 01:01 p.m.

    probably because the area was too poor to afford to repair it

  • khalilb-
    3/21/2017 - 01:03 p.m.

    the school was very bad built so they had to condemned instead of just repair it

  • garfielda-
    3/21/2017 - 01:05 p.m.

    I really liked this story.

  • matteor-
    3/21/2017 - 01:08 p.m.

    It's Amazing how even though your school was destoryed the team never gave up

  • nicholash2003-
    3/22/2017 - 08:47 a.m.

    I think the building was condemned rather than repaired due to the high risk of people getting hurt. Also that the school was too high of a risk for people to enter because how high the water had gotten during the flood in Virginia.

  • saritau2-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:35 p.m.

    2) The basketball after the flood was really supportive of the community."Members of the basketball team joined other volunteers to help in the community."The community gave back by donating money to the team."Donations poured in for uniforms and equipment for the school's sports teams." This shows how supportive the community is to the basketball team.

  • julianl3-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:36 p.m.

    This articular is about how a school in west virginal got flooded and the schools basketball team is going to the state championships and now the whole town is cheering for the team and giving people hope because of the flood that destroyed a whole town that they still have hope for a little high school team to win.

  • brendam4-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:40 p.m.

    This article is about a high school that got destroyed in a flood. The basketball team had to practice in many different places "the Herbert Hoover boys' basketball team spent the season practicing and competing in unfamiliar places." The team spent time helping the community with the flood "spent a week removing furniture from a woman's home. He pressure-washed and sanitized other places." They were losing a lot of games and then they got better and got four straight wins. Now they're going to play in the tournament. Many people in the community are cheering them on.

  • karinah-sch
    3/22/2017 - 12:41 p.m.

    This article is about a basketball team's high school getting flooded and continuing to play basketball. The team still practices while helping the community.
    "King, who said the floods got into the second floor of an uncle's house, spent a week removing furniture from a woman's home. " is an example of one of the students who has helped someone in the community. Many people didn't expect them to get into this kind of tournament. "And parents carpooled the basketball team to morning practices at a YMCA in Charleston." this means they work hard and are dedicated to basketball.

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